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Race and the Oscars

Race and the Oscars — John Singleton, Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, and others that made history at the Academy Awards

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Making Oscar history this year is John Singleton, the first black nominee for Best Director. Other Oscar firsts for blacks:

Best Supporting Actress Nominee (and Winner)
Hattie McDaniel
Gone With the Wind (1939)

Best Actress Nominee
Dorothy Dandridge
Carmen Jones (1954)

Best Actor Nominee
Sidney Poitier
The Defiant Ones (1958)

Best Musical Score
Duke Ellington
Paris Blues (1961)

Best Song
Quincy Jones (music)
”The Eyes of Love,” from Banning (1967)

Best Supporting Actor Nominee
Rupert Crosse
The Reivers (1969)

Best Picture Nominee (for producer)
Quincy Jones
The Color Purple (1985)